Size: 3 Linear feet
Summary: Autobiographical notes, correspondence (1948-1983), subject files, personal business records, notes (1951-1976), art works, printed material (1948-1984), audio tapes (1967-1983), and photographs document the life, sculpture, and teaching career of Jason Seley.
Biographical material consists of a career outline, notes for an autobiography. Correspondence is with Seley's wife Clara (1948), his brother Stephen (1964-1982), his friend Clive Crocker (1974-1983), and various friends, colleagues, and students (1949-1983) concerns his family and art-related activities. Eighteen subject files contain letters, printed material, and photographs concerning Seley's works and other projects (1949-1983). Subject files include Haitian Art, 1949 and 1979-1983; New Sculpture Group, 1958-1959; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964; Casper, Wyoming, 1969-1970; Berlin Correspondence, 1969-1974; Mexico, 1973; Nashville, 1973; U.S.I.A. Correspondence, 1973-1975; Spokane Expo '74 PAS ENCORE, 1972-1974; New Jersey Cultural Council TALISMAN, 1974; Palm Beach Competition, 1974; Sheldon Machlin, 1975; COLLEONI II, 1977-1978; Allentown, 1981-1982; FARNESE HERCULES II, 1980-1982; Bumper art by others, 1975-1977.
Personal business records include five ledgers record expenses (1955-1967). Writings consist of miscellaneous notes, a notebook recording activities as art director at the RCA Institute for a Signal Corps project (1951-1952), and lecture notes (1970-1976). Art works consist of 166 drawings and a sketchbook. Printed material includes clippings (1949-1983) and exhibition announcements and catalogs (1948-1984). Other materials consist of 4 reel-to-reel tapes of a lecture at Cornell on "Aspects of Modern Sculpture" (1967), a discussion between Seley and Jennings (1967), a tape catalog of the "Sound Show" (1969-1970), and an audio cassette of a memorial service for Seley (1983). Photographs, including ca. 1000 slides, show Seley, his family, assistants working in the studio, and his works (1928-1981).
A small addition of material (0.2 linear ft.) compiled by Seley's former assistant, Richard Heinrich, contains mostly posthumous material regarding Seley, including obituaries, a memorial service program, and a proposal for a Seley tribute exhibition. Also included are letters to Heinrich from Seley.